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3D Printing Market Trends For 2017

2017 is set to have many emerging market trends for 3D printing industry. As the 3D printers become more affordable, engineers are developing new printing techniques and applications for additive manufacturing (AM). Below are some trends to…

Tiny Home Filament Experiment

In August I had the privilege to have a booth at the Tiny Home Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO. At the booth I presented  how 3D printing can be used to match the unique needs of the tiny home community. In a future blog I plan to…

1st Annual Filament Olympics

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are an amazing show of athletic talent from around the world. As the world watches the best compete for the gold medal, I wanted to see how all the filaments that I have tested compare to each other. Just…

What 3D-Printer to buy 2016

What 3D-Printer to buy 2016 We have a lot of options these days. Companies left and right are popping up with their own take on 3D printers. Figuring out what is good and what is bad can be pretty difficult. Then you add budget into the mix…

How to Rate 3D Printers

In a previous blog  I developed a scoring system to look at the quality of filament. Others have asked me to develop a scoring system for 3D printers as well. With the wide choice of 3D printers on the market, I wanted to develop a way to…

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.2

In a previous blog  I described a possible method to recover PLA that has become unusable due to the moisture it has absorbed from the air. My hypothesis was thus: By putting stale PLA inside a vacuum clothing bag and drawing a vacuum, I…

The Tantillus Part 2 Get Organised

The Tantillus Part 2 Get Organised So you have got your work area clean tidy and safe ,all of your tools,your hardware , printed parts and laser cut parts.If you are struggling to get anything have a look on this UK website . For our…

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a popular filament for beginning 3D printers. It prints at low temperatures (180 – 220 C) does not give of fumes (unlike ABS) and comes in a wide range of colors. It can be printed without a heated build plate,…

RIP Pinshape 2013-2016

The good pinshape die young March 31 will be a sad day for the 3d printing community. Pinshape was a solid website. It offered Arguably one of the best layouts if not the nicest looking website designed for storing our 3d models online.…